Why Carry out New Starter Health Assessments?

New Starter health assessments are a vital part of the recruitment process. They are a convenient way of:

  • Establishing an employee's baseline health status
  • Establishing the legal implications of an employee's health status e.g. whether the Equality Act 2010 is likely to apply to a particular person.
  • Complying with the Management of Health & Safety Management Regulations 1999
  • Establishing if further assessments are required e.g. hearing or respiratory tests
  • Establishing if workplace assessments or modifications are required.
  • Establishing if the employee's proposed role needs modifying
  • Complying with legislation in the case of face to face assessments (COSHH Regulations, Control of Noise at Work Regulations etc.)
  • It is important for employees to be physically and psychologically suited to the proposed job and pre-employment health assessment is a convenient way of doing this

Please note - these can only be provided once the new starter has been offered and accepted their initial job offer, in writing.

Each employee will have a confidential fitness for work statement issued to their employing company's HR or Personnel Department, outlining all the relevant information, but at the same time respecting the individual's absolute right to medical confidentiality.

For your convenience, All Safe can offer 2 ways of carrying out pre-employment assessments.

Postal New Starter Assessments

This is our most convenient and efficient paper based screening service, as it overcomes geographical difficulties and the need to see each new starter in person. It involves the employer sending the new starter a prepaid envelope and a confidential pre-employment health assessment form, graded according to risk. The new starter completes the form and returns it directly to All Safe OH & S Ltd, thus ensuring medical confidentiality is maintained. The form is then assessed within an agreed timeline and the employee is either certified as fit and further information is given if required, as outlined above; or the prospective employer is contacted to be advised that further information is required from the new starter's General Practitioner, or that a referral to an Occupational Physician is required, before a decision on fitness for employment can be given.

Face to Face New Starter Assessments

This confidential service means that All Safe OH & S Ltd's highly trained staff will come to your premises to carry out a face to face pre-employment health assessment. Depending on the person's job, the actual protocols will vary, but our baseline pre-employment health assessment includes:

  • Health assessment form, graded according to risks
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • Vision Test (including colour deficiency checks)
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine check for diabetes
  • Appropriate health advice
  • Referral to General Practitioners or Occupational Health Physician where required

Additional modules for employees who will be placed in higher risk environments include:

  • Audiometry
  • Lung function
  • Hand Arm Vibration
  • Skin checks
  • Night Worker
  • Company / vocational driver
  • Drug and alcohol testing using the chain of custody system
  • Finger-prick cholesterol test

Whatever the size of your company or which ever your choices may be, we are happy to work in partnership with you to achieve the best possible results for you, your employees and your company.


Please contact us for further information and pricing

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